CBS News Layoffs: Catherine Herridge Controversy Over Seized Computer and Files 

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However, it was her work on the Hunter Biden laptop story that allegedly factored into her conflicts within the network.

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SAG-AFTRA Takes a Stand

Herridge has not publicly commented on her firing, other than to post a statement from her union on X.

Accusations emerged that CBS had seized Herridge’s files, computers, and records, which included her “privileged sources.” This move was described as “completely inappropriate” and “very unusual” by SAG-AFTRA.

“The retention of a media professional’s reporting materials by their former employer is a serious break with traditional practices which supports the immediate return of reporting materials.”

“This action is deeply concerning to the union because it sets a dangerous precedent for all media professionals and threatens the very foundation of the First Amendment,” the statement said. 

This development has ignited concerns about press freedom and the potential erosion of First Amendment rights.

The network has refuted the claims of improper seizure. And it says it intends to return Herridge’s materials promptly.